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Montefalco: Coccorone

Reviewed by: Goldengate from CA, review #1826

When: 2005

Very good Umbrian food inside the walls of Montefalco.

We have read mixed reviews on this restaurant, but we have always enjoyed eating here. I wouldn't call it upscale, but it has a more refined atmosphere than most local restaurants and the prices are a few euros higher. They have a great pappardelle sagrantino. They also have a nice wine list. They have a nice terrace for dining in warm weather and a fireplace burning inside when it is cold.

Reviewed by: Sopranolands from NJ, review #1494

When: 2005

Some lovely dishes, but an oddly artificial and touristy atmosphere

After checking out the posted menus of several restaurants in Montefalco, I settled on the much-recommended Ristorante Coccorone, both for the appeal of its offerings and its "off-the-main-drag" location, tucked away down a side street.

The food was hit and miss: a delicious risotto made with sagrantino wine but some fairly ordinary secondi and antipasti. A dessert of biscotti served with a syrupy reduction of Sagrantino was simply perfect. The service was helpful, attentive and even charming at times, but most of the clientele is upscale tourists getting smashed on too much wine.

The food is pricy and I left wondering if I might have had a more enjoyable evening at a less pretentions place in Montefalco, even though nothing I was served was remotely bad. No complaints, but no magic either. About 80 to 100 euros for two, with wine.

Reviewed by: SusanCV from PA, review #1053

When: 2004

Beautful restaurant, good food and cooking in the fireplace!

The restaurant has a lovely seating area outside but inside is also beautiful. When we peeked inside (we ate outside) we saw the cook searing meat on racks in the huge fireplace! Complimentary sparkling wine is served as you look through the large menu. The roasted artichokes were great! We had one bottle of wine and the bill came to €100 for 4.

Reviewed by: millie from NY, review #972

When: 2004

Lovely restaurant, quiet with excellent service. Treated our group of 9, which included 5 children, very well.

We stopped for lunch in Montefalco after visiting Assisi. The restaurant was not crowded. The food was excellent. Two of the teenage boys in our group had arosto misto and were in heaven; it was perfect. Two adults loved the risotto Sagrantino. The gnocchi with ricotta and spinach was memorable as was the paparadelle with wild boar.

Reviewed by: Bill Thayer from IL, review #861

When: 2004

Traditional restaurant, good but not exceptional. Fairly expensive.

Dinner: I had no pasta, but a first secondo of snails in kebab, and a second secondo of filetto al Sagrantino (a wine and beef reduction a bit salty, the pitfall of any reduction, but not excessively):both B+; artichokes, fried potatoes; tiramisú, no coffee. Grappa di Sagrantino. Bill came to €56, which is expensive (the filet was small or at best medium-sized).

ALERT: The wine list goes on for a dozen pages of fine print, with the most exotic Italian wines, and a few foreign, at prices ranging up to €600 a bottle: of course I have no idea whether all these wines actually available. The local Montefalco wines, however, (which I know well) were priced about 50 to 100% higher than the same wine (i.e., identical vintner and year) in restaurants elsewhere in the area.

Overall rating: B+ Value for money: C-

Reviewed by: azwaniecki from MD, review #808

When: 2003

Grilled meats and more plus fireplace with cracking fire.

With fire cracking in the fireplace and intimate ambiance, it was a perfect place to have lunch on a very windy and rather chilly day. The restaurant has a good selection of grilled meats - grilled before your eyes in the fireplace. But ... we had fish and pasta, both good. House white wine was decent. The service was efficient. Dining at other tables were mostly locals. The only unpleasant surprise was a 6-euro pane e coperto charge, relatively high for such a modest restaurant.

Reviewed by: Liz from Canada (moderator), review #592

When: 2003

Nice, quiet out of the way location in town - if you want truffles come here!

Directions: Just down from Piazza del Commune, signs are posted.

This was another recommendation and we were very happy once again. They have a nicely shaded terrace in front of the restaurant itself - which was quite comfortable given the heat. Indoors they grill many dishes so a large fire was roaring in the corner as you walked in. It would be lovely to sit indoors in the fall or spring, but during this heat wave I really felt for the poor chef!

I had a pasta dish with truffles, actually it was more like truffles with pasta! I have never had truffles in such abundance before; we were clearly in the land of heaven! We all enjoyed our meals immensely and would return in a minute.

Reviewed by: Edna from NY, review #265

When: 2002

Good restaurant with a lovely fireplace and great food.

This was a good restaurant, very understated but with a beautiful wood-burning fireplace on your right as you enter. This smaller dining room opens onto a larger one. I picture it quite cozy on a chilly winter's day. The gnocchi were incredible as was the tagliatelle al tartufo. The restaurant was very busy with locals; they really could have used more help as service was slow.

Reviewed by: Pauline from NM (moderator), review #264

When: 2000

Nice restaurant in this pretty town. For meat-eaters, they have a fire where they grill the meats. There are many good selections for vegetarians too.

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